Kenyon Sparks, a senior at Baker High School, has been named the May Student of the Month for the Baldwinsville Optimist Club.
Every month the Optimist Club honors a high school senior who has an excellent scholastic record and who is involved in extracurricular activities that advance the wellbeing of humankind and promote justice in their local and international communities.
Sparks, his parents and three brothers have lived in Baldwinsville for the past seven years.
Sparks has been on the high honor roll for each semester from sixth grade middle school throughout his senior year at Baker High School. In his junior year, he was inducted into both the National Honor Society and into the Spanish Honor Society. As a participant of the peer tutor program, Sparks is a Spanish tutor for fellow students.
"I have always liked to attend school," he said. "I enjoy studying. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to attend Baldwinsville schools."
"We moved here from California, the San Francisco Bay area," said Helen Sparks, Kenyon's mother. "We wanted to live in a smallish town, a place with an active community of volunteers, somewhere safe to raise our family, a village named Baldwinsville."
Sparks was a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team from ninth through 11th grade, during which he participated in a number of events including the 100m dash, 200m dash and the triple jump. During the colder months, Sparks prefers to ski.
Optimist President James Johnson congratulated Sparks and presented him with a U.S. Government Savings Bond.
"Many students excel scholastically, however the Optimist Student of the Month Award is given to you, Kenyon, because in addition to great grades, your teachers have watched you and believe that you will become an honest community leader, a person who will represent the goals of Optimist International," Johnson said.